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Assaults on parents - 921/18

Date Responded 26 September 2018

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

Could you please provide a response to each question for the years (inclusive January – December) 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 (January-September 18th.

  1. How many incidents of Adolescent to Parent Violence and/or Abuse (APVA) were recorded by your police force?
  2. How many of those incidents in question 1, led to a formal caution of the adolescent?
  3. How many of those incidents in question 1, led to a charge of the adolescent?



In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.

The information you are looking for is not held in a format that would allow its retrieval and extraction within the permitted 18 hour threshold. Each recorded incident would need to be manually reviewed to to establish the type of incident and the relationship (if any) between the victim and offender.  In 2017 alone there were in excess of 424,000 incidents recorded.  Each of which would need to be reviewed to establish which met the criteria of your request.  Even at a conservative estimate of 3 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information for that one year period alone would take over 21200 hours, therefore Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00

You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.


When applying Section 12 exemption our duty to assist under Section 16 of the Act would normally entail that we contact you to determine whether it is possible to refine the scope of your request to bring it within the cost limits. However, from the information we have outlined above I see no reasonable way in which we can do so.

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